Many people deal with anxiety and depression during their lifetime. For some, their mental health issues last their entire lifetime. As all human beings are unique, there is never a one size fits all approach to anxiety, but there are things we can get to in our day-to-day routines that will help manage anxiety symptoms. While there is no substitute for talking with your GP or loved ones when you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a look at the following ways that may help you to better cope with your anxiety.
Mindfulness & Intentional Living
Mindfulness has been a bit of a buzzword for the last decade – and good reason! Being mindful of your choices today is a great way to combat feelings of anxiety or overwhelm. When you choose to live a more intentional lifestyle and are conscious of the things you eat, the people you allow in your life, your boundaries, and more, things can become more manageable. Many people who lead mindful lifestyles find minimalism and intentional living to be great ways to handle anxiety and or depression. If you haven’t studied up yet on what this means, head to your library or do an online search and figure out ways you can start leading a more intentional lifestyle today.
Physical movement is a great way to boost energy and decrease stress and anxiety. Studies have proven that exercise releases chemicals that make us feel happy, so if you’re struggling with feelings of stress – like anxiety – exercise is a free and quick remedy for some people. Additionally, anxiety can lead to harmful effects on our bodies if left untreated. Hence, exercise gets you ahead of the game when it comes to protecting your body from its harmful effects. The key to the exercise piece is finding a type of exercise that you enjoy, that way, and you will stick with it. Many people find yoga incredibly helpful for anxiety relief.
You Are What You Eat
This old adage is so commonplace, yet many of us ignore the truth in it. Over processed foods, sugars, and more are a massive trigger for depression and anxiety. By focusing on eating a healthy, nutritious, and whole foods diet, you really give yourself and your mental health a leg up. Not to mention the added physical benefits. By making a choice to lead a healthier lifestyle, you are in control of what goes into your body. All those chemicals in food aren’t suitable for your body or brain. Consider trying a vegan or paleo diet – where you’re eating ancestral, natural ingredients.
These days we are flooded with information constantly. Workflow gets interrupted by text messages. Family life gets interrupted by “after hours” work emails or phone calls. Throw into the mix of social media, binge-watching Netflix, and anything else, and we’re in serious sensory overload. Make sure you set boundaries not only with colleagues and friends but also with yourself. If you know that social media is triggering you, delete the apps altogether or limit your time on them. Find healthier alternatives to spend your time. You may not realize the effect that all these factors have on your anxiety levels, but when you set boundaries, you’ll quickly realize the toll they take.
Know When To Ask For Help
You may be wondering, “What is therapy?” Or can’t even see yourself benefitting from it. But, even people without mental health issues should be checking in with a therapist from time to time. If you have tried natural or free ways to deal with your anxiety issues and you’re still struggling, it’s time to schedule a consultation with your GP and get a referral to a therapist or psychiatrist. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, so please let it go if you feel a stigma around that. You can also reach out to trusted friends, family members, a pastor, whomever you feel safe talking to. The important thing is that you’re seeking help for issues you cannot deal with on your own. You’ll feel better after opening up and receiving the treatment you may need.
Anxiety is common and shouldn’t leave you feeling isolated. If it is, you should reach out for help. If your anxiety is more something that comes and goes, the tips mentioned above are great ways to see if you can handle your problems. So, take charge of it today – here’s to your health!